LibriVox recording of the Ego Machine, by Henry Kuttner. Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012).
Celebrated playwright Nicholas Martin didn’t read the small print in his Hollywood options contract. Now he’s facing five years of servitude to a conceited director named Raoul St. Cyr, who’s taken a thoughtful play about Portuguese fishermen and added dancing mermaids. When it seems the plot has changed to include a robot from the future Nicholas looses all hope, but this robot may be just what he needs to win his freedom. – The Ego Machine was first published in the May, 1952 issue of Space Science Fiction magazine. (Summary by Gregg Margarite)
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August 31, 2010 Subject:
Martin is in a contract with a crazy and abusive director, and he doesn't have the courage to stand up to him. Enter a robot with not enough power who needs to 'borrow' some from a light socket... and it makes him drunk! Now what might a drunken robot do with a personality-changing helmet and a wimpy playwright?
The reader is great, no complaints, but the story is odd.